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Why has Disney filed Maniac Mansion trademarks? 29 May, 2013 / 12 comments

Some guy started a thread on NeoGAF, observing that Lucasfilm, now a Disney subsidiary, filed four trademarks for Maniac Mansion on May 22nd. You can find the USPTO links within; check out the goods and services that Disney is reserving the rights for under the Maniac Mansion name:

Goods and Services IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Apparatus for recording, transmission or reproduction of sound or images; audio books; audio recordings; audio and visual recordings; video game software; computer programs and software; consumer electronics and accessories therefor; eyeglasses and sunglasses and accessories therefor; binoculars; decorative magnets; graduated rulers

Goods and Services IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: Clothing, footwear and headwear

Goods and Services IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Education and entertainment services

Goods and Services IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: Paper and paper articles; cardboard and cardboard articles; printed matter; publications; books; photographs; portraits; paintings; stationery; office and school supplies

While this shouldn't be necessarily interpreted as evidence that Disney is about to start pumping out Green Tentacle footwear, there does seem to be an education theme, doesn't there?

A few publications have picked up on the story, and there is some speculation that Disney is giving the classic game the HD remake treatment. While we advise against that kind of optimism, the NeoGAF guy makes a decent case for why Disney must be fixing to do something with the property and that this isn't just standard trademark renewal.

Comments: 12 / Source: NeoGAF

12 Comments

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    123456 on 10 Jan, 2014, 10:33…
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    Remi on 30 May, 2013, 17:17…

    AlfredJ

    After all these years, I just realized that MrManager's username is probably an Arrested Development-reference.



    You might just be right about that one.
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    Jason on 30 May, 2013, 12:49…

    DrMcCoy

    Or maybe they just want to sell reruns of the Maniac Mansion TV series... :P



    You gotta admit though, that would be pretty darned noteworthy, and probably less likely than doing something with the game.
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    Gov. Phatt on 30 May, 2013, 10:37…
    Saving up for my Weird Ed Edison Binocular Set.
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    valkian on 30 May, 2013, 06:06…
    I love speculating just as much as the next guy, but let's face it, this is most likely a bureaucratic thing. Covering a wide range of areas with a trademark is a standard practice. It's interesting that it's apparently just Maniac Mansion, but I wouldn't expect anything at all to happen with the IP anytime soon.
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    wufire on 30 May, 2013, 05:29…

    AlfredJ

    After all these years, I just realized that MrManager's username is probably an Arrested Development-reference.



    We just say Manager
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    clone2727 on 29 May, 2013, 23:57…

    DrMcCoy

    Or maybe they just want to sell reruns of the Maniac Mansion TV series... :P

    God damn it, Bones. This was my first thought were seeing this news, and I was about to post it. Curses!
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    jp-30 on 29 May, 2013, 21:48…
    Regardless of what this means, I'm just happy that the classic IP is on Disney's radar.
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    AlfredJ on 29 May, 2013, 19:37…
    After all these years, I just realized that MrManager's username is probably an Arrested Development-reference.

    Oh, yeah, Maniac Mansion. Any word on what Ron Gilbert is doing these days? I don't think he has any projects that we know of coming up right? Who knows, maybe he's involved in some way.
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    Jason on 29 May, 2013, 18:28…

    MrManager

    Couldn't it just mean the trademarks are being transferred to Disney?



    While I'm not going to rule out this turning out to be a non-story, I would think that happened automatically. Definitely not my bailiwick though.
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    Remi on 29 May, 2013, 17:24…
    Couldn't it just mean the trademarks are being transferred to Disney?
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    DrMcCoy on 29 May, 2013, 16:32…
    Or maybe they just want to sell reruns of the Maniac Mansion TV series... :P

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